Organic Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Hi friends! I’ve been away for a very long time, but I’m BAAAAACK! Whoop!

After a hiatus from blogging, I’m back at it now that I have some structure to my day. I hope to be able to share some fun new recipes with you as I get back to cooking more regular meals. In the last year we’ve had a baby girl, moved to a new house and have a couple of new family members living with us! My goal is to come up with kids lunch/snack and dinner ideas to keep us going throughout the week and weekends and post them for you!

So on to the recipe…

For the past few months we’ve been getting an organic food box delivered to our house from Organics Live. We used to do this when we lived in Toronto with Front Door Organics, and we really enjoyed it. It forced us to eat more vegetables and cook with ones that we wouldn’t normally pick up at the grocery store.  Clean eating is important to us, especially with kids in the house. Everyone needs to have lots of energy and we want to feel good about what we’re putting into our bodies, so we’ve started with a new box!

The quality of the food is great and this week I’d like to share a fun kid-friendly potato recipe. Since it’s still really warm out, we’ve been eating a lot of food cooked on our new BBQ.  Tonight, I’m making a simple dinner with BBQ sausages, roasted organic bi-colour corn from Quebec and these lovely organic mini-potatoes – both veggies from our Organics Live box that was delivered yesterday.  (I’m working on upgrading our meat and buying a bulk barnyard box from our favourite farm, Harrington Lane Farms in Hamilton. $60 for a mix of of pork, beef, lamb, duck, chicken, rabbit or turkey cuts and sausages. We can’t wait!)

Anyhoo, these will be super fun to eat, look cool and of course be delicious. They have 4 ingredients and are sure to be a staple in your dinner menus! P.S. They also make a great starter or a fun appie if you’re having friends over. They are finger-food friendly and won’t make a mess when handled by little hands.

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P.S. Excuse the quality of the photos! Turns out when I have a little one running ’round the kitchen I don’t have time to stage photos as nicely as I wanted.


Ingredients

  • 15-18 baby potatoes (can be red, white or purple, whatever you have on hand)
  • a few good glugs of EVOO up to 1/2 a cup of oil. You don’t want them to be greasy but you want enough oil for them to crisp up.
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1-2 tsp garlic powder

Directions – You can do all 4 steps ahead of time!

  1. Wash the lil potatoes and add them to a large pot of salted water. Ensure the potatoes are covered with at least an inch of water
  2. Bring the potatoes to a boil then reduce and simmer for 15-20 minutes until cooked. Do not over cook. You want to be able to pierce them with a knife. When finished boiling, drain and run under cool water to slow down the cooking. They will continue to cook if you don’t cool them down enough.
  3. When the potatoes have cooled enough to handle, place them one at a time on a clean cutting board and use the back of a wooden spoon to gently flatten. Don’t take too much frustration out on these little guys, they will be somewhat delicate!
  4. Transfer each flattened potato to a lined rimmed baking sheet and let them cool completely.

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When you are ready to roast the potatoes:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Pour a few good glugs of EVOO in a small dish. Add the garlic powder and salt to the EVOO and mix it up. Pour the oil mixture over the smashed potatoes. Make sure some of the oil gets under the potatoes on the baking sheet. You want each one lightly covered in the oil mixture.
  3. Roast the potatoes for 30-45 minutes, flipping once during roasting until both sides are light brown and crispy.
  4. Serve hot with a small dollop of sour cream and chives or enjoy them on their own!

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Grilled veggies, millet, greens, cocoa chili dressing

Wowza- a must try recipe with millet and coco chili dressing!!

Wendy's Place

Grilled red peppers, yellow squash, zucchini and pork shoulder chops on a bed of greens and millet is topped with a dressing concocted of olive oil, grilled red pepper, cocoa powder,worcester sauce, honey and a dash of lemon. You can add as much heat as desired. This recipe is based on the one I found in the June issue of Yoga Journal (a favorite of mine) and I think it’s a great one for this holiday weekend.

summer veggies, cocoa chili dressing-6I think it would be just as lovely as it was written in Yoga Journal with grilled corn, black beans and a mesclun mix. But I opted for pork (just bought a LOT of local pork) and our garden greens which at the moment are tender young kale and spinach. I made the millet the night before and warmed it up with some broth- a little water and salt would do just fine.

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Macadamia treats us to her tea cake

Cook Up a Story

Macadamia nut tea cake

A macadamia nut tea cake for your valentine…

Last week I posted about our Miss Hawaii, in particular, how macadamia nuts with their low omega-6 offer a treasure chest of healthy, stable  fats for your dining pleasure.

Now, as promised, here is a recipe to try, featuring macadamia nuts and their oil.

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Worth The Wait Focaccia!

In addition to my bread obsession, I have discovered a love of fresh homemade focaccia.  If you have never tried to make this wonder-bread before, you must try. It is SUPER simple, but takes patience as does any good bread. You can however, make a quick version of it and it will be great but if you’re looking for the moistest, fluffiest and most flavourful focaccia? Well you had better take a nap, find a hobby or play some video games while you wait. The good news is that most of the waiting can be done overnight, so just find something to do for 3 hours or so 🙂

This recipe is not mine, I found it while scouring online and OH MY am I ever glad I tried it and am thrilled to share it on my blog.  It is now filed in my ‘keep’ list because it’s just absolutely perfect. I’ve made it once and will be making it again for an upcoming family gathering. Caution: people WILL swoon.

in the tray

I had some crispy garlic infused oil from some Filipino garlic rice I made recently, and I decided to throw it into the dough mix right at the beginning. Excellent idea! (Pats self on back).  If you have any infused oil that you like, I suggest adding it to the mix. It adds another dimension of flavour you can’t get from just adding fresh/dried herbs to the top of the dough before baking. Don’t add too much, I’m talking a 1tbsp or two at max.

The tray

The rest of the directions in the recipe I followed to a T. I did let it rest from 9pm at night until 11am the next morning before starting to ‘turn’ the dough. It had plenty of time to ferment and create oddles and oodles of delicious pillowy bubbles. Right before baking, I halved some cherry tomatoes and carefully pushed them into the dough. I picked some fresh rosemary, sprinkled it on top along with some chopped kalamata olives and thinly shaved red onion.  I finished it off with a sprinkle of coarse sea salt and popped it in the oven.

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My batch was the perfect size.. I think I was able to get over 30 pieces from the rectangle tray. Only three pieces were left over at the end of the night. It was a HUGE hit, and I know it will be in your home too!  Thank you SO much to Jenny for posting this recipe on her awesome blog, which I recently discovered. You will want to bookmark her page folks, she’s a keeper! 🙂 To find the full recipe, click here.

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Three perfect pieces

Awaken. Now.

Yes. Feel what it is to be alive today.

MindMedicine Blog

Feel the breath gently passing your lips and soothing your lower tummy…

Let the breath rise as you breathe in all the way up to the crown of your heard, and now feel it soothing your lower tummy as you breathe all the way out…

Now start to sense that feeling of aliveness tingling throughout every cell of your body…

Let your thoughts float by, watch them come and go but don’t give them any of your precious life energy…

Realise deeply that you are not your thoughts- you are watching your thoughts- therefore you are not the thoughts that you hear, you are the awareness in which all thoughts arise and pass…

Awaken Now…

This is Now…

It is always Now…

Realise that patterns of thought come and go…

But it is always Now…

It is always the present moment…

Realise deeply that this is who you are…

Before…

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17 Playful Doodles that Incorporate Everyday Objects

This is awesome. Love!

TwistedSifter

 

Javier Pérez aka cintascotch, is an artist and illustrator from Guayaquil, Ecuador. A few times a week, Pérez shares a new doodle with his 20,000 Instagram followers. Each doodle incorporates everyday objects like paper clips, coins and scissors. The doodles transform the objects into something completely new and different.

It’s a fun and creative way to look at an object, even seemingly mundane ones, and reimagine them as something else. To see more playful diversions, be sure to check out Javier’s work at the links below.

 

Javier Pérez (cintascotch)
Website | Facebook | Behance | Twitter | Instagram

 

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Artwork by Javier Pérez (cintascotch)
Website | Facebook | Behance | Twitter | Instagram

 

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Artwork by Javier Pérez (cintascotch)
Website | Facebook | Behance | Twitter | Instagram

 

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Artwork by Javier Pérez (cintascotch)
Website | Facebook | Behance | Twitter | Instagram

 

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